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Education in Science number 255

Number 255 - February 2014

Contents Features
6 Brenda Keogh – a personal appreciation

Annette Smith reflects on Brenda Keogh's primary science legacy.

8 You must be a member to download this article ASE: ASE events 2014 – the story so far!

Welcome to a new regular feature in EiS – a round up of events happening nationally or locally, run or supported by ASE. Please visit: www.ase.org.uk/conferences for further details and booking forms for all ASE events.

10 You must be a member to download this article ASE: Get involved! Leadership opportunities with ASE

One of the major advantages of membership of ASE is the opportunity to share your expertise with your colleagues. Getting involved with ASE’s governance (Council or Assembly) will challenge your strategic thinking and put you at the heart of steering ASE’s direction into the future.

12 ASE: New Curriculum Question Time – your questions answered

Is the new national curriculum an improvement? Are we too precious about science? How do you prepare future scientists for the challenges to come. What is the impact of no science coursework?

13 You must be a member to download this article ASE: Achieving excellence in science provision

In a 2013 interview with Optimus Education, Pete Robinson, Chair of ASE, explains how to develop excellent teaching and learning in science.

14 You must be a member to download this article ASE: Annual Conference 2014

What did you miss at ASE Annual Conference 2014. Roger McCune recounts his CPD experience at this landmark ASE event.

16 You must be a member to download this article Science on Stage London 2015

In London 2015, 350 teachers from across Europe and Canada will converge upon London to participate in a four-day Festival, which will showcase some of the best practice in science education.

18 You must be a member to download this article School science inspired by improving weather forecasts

The atmosphere, weather and climate change are also relevant and topical contexts through which to engage young people about a variety of scientific processes taught within the school science curriculum. The project website provides information, resources and activities to support teachers in the delivery of a range of content within science at Key Stages 3 and 4.

20 You must be a member to download this article Beat the flood...

Why teaching STEM is so important and why one academy got involved with Practical Action.

22 Don't throw away your radioactive source!

This article is a plea to do all that you can to hang on to your radioactive sources. We have been contacted by some schools that are reluctantly seeking to dispose of their radioactive sources.

Contents Regulars
3 You must be a member to download this article Editorial

ASE Chief Executive, Annette Smith takes a look at the year ahead and reflects on her time at ASE.

4 You must be a member to download this article ASE in Action

Learns what's new on schoolscience.co.uk, about ASE's special service award and ASE says farewell to a number of colleagues.

23 You must be a member to download this article Safety Matters!

News from the ASE Health and Safety Specialist Group.

24 You must be a member to download this article Primary Science Focus

News from the ASE Primary Science Committee.

26 You must be a member to download this article The Prep Room

Top tips and useful apps. Notes and news for technicians by technicians.

28 You must be a member to download this article Research Focus: The nature of research methodologies...

Education research is an academic activity, and is often carried out by teachers. This article tracks the recent study of diagrams in learning science by a teacher-researcher group, called PALAVA.

30 You must be a member to download this article 11-19 Update

News from the Science Education 11-19 Committee. A-Level reforms, observations on the GCSE written examinations and the new Science Leader's Hub.

32 You must be a member to download this article Science Learning Centre Roundup

Review of Self-evaluation tool for secondary science departments.

33 You must be a member to download this article Notes and News